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Hafsah learns about...the Swiss Guard

Today Hafsah is going to tell us about the Swiss Guard. What are they, Hafsah?

The Swiss Guards are the people who guard the Pope and protect him from the……world?

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April

The Sistine Chapel

Inside Vatican City, after seeing the immense St. Peter’s Basilica, we exited the church onto St. Peter’s Square again. We were right outside the entrance into the Pope’s private quarters. 689 more words

History

The Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica

Attached to Rome is the smallest country in the world – the Vatican.

Vatican City is the centre of modern Christianity and the official home of the Pope, but as a non-Christian I was more interested in the history and the decadence of this microstate than the actual reason for its existence. 998 more words

History

The Pope Speaks

While I was doing my research before our trip to Italy, I discovered that it was possible to get tickets to an audience with the Pope in Vatican City and that one of those opportunities would occur while we were in Rome. 567 more words

Destinations

Random Fact: The Vatican

The Vatican City is the smallest country in the world, measuring 44 hectares, or 110 acres, and with a population of approximately 1000 people. It issues its own stamps, coins and passports, the passports being issued to the Pope, cardinals, the Swiss Guard and the clergy.

Random Facts

Swiss Guard Helmets, Castel Sant'Angelo

In a guardroom in the Castel Sant’Angelo preserved as an example of what such a space would have looked like in the 17th or 18th century, a row of steel helmets have been laid out:

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